We all know that dogs love sweet things. Given half a chance they will gobble down any sugary treat that is lying around. But why?
Scientists think it is linked with their genetic ancestry. In the wild, dogs and wolves eat a diet that is 80 per cent meat. The other 20 per cent of their diet comes from plant and fruits. The sweet tooth has developed because dogs react positively to the sweet tasting chemical furaneol which is present in many fruits and especially in tomatoes. This explains why - after a tasty plate of meat - our dogs' next favourite meals are sweet tasting ones.
This sweet tooth can get dogs into trouble, of course. Chocolate can be poisonous dogs, for instance. This is because it contains high levels of theobromine which is a cardiac stimulant and diuretic. Cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are particularly bad for dogs. A 10kg dog can become seriously ill by eating half of a 250g block of cooking chocolate. It may experience nausea, palpitations and even a heart attack. So owners should always be careful to ration the amount of sweets and chocolate they feed their dogs, giving them healthier treats and snacks, like those shown below, instead.
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